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A change of direction: a social worker beginning work in the field of acquired brain injury

Helen Stewart (Senior Social Worker at the Royal Hospital for Neuro‐disability, London, UK)

Social Care and Neurodisability

ISSN: 2042-0919

Article publication date: 15 August 2011




The purpose of this paper is to explore an Australian social worker's experiences of beginning work in the field of neurodisability in the voluntary sector in the UK.


This paper documents the social worker's experiences of the differences in practice between Australia and the UK; between working in the statutory and voluntary sector in the UK; and between different fields of social work. It also documents the social worker's initial thoughts about working in the field of acquired brain injury (ABI).


Through this journey, the social worker reflects upon their own development as a practitioner.

Practical implications

The social worker identifies points which may help other social work professionals who are new to this complex area of practice.


This paper provides an insight into a social worker's experience of working in different settings and in different countries. It also illustrates how for this social worker, varied experiences cannot always prepare you for working in ABI.



Stewart, H. (2011), "A change of direction: a social worker beginning work in the field of acquired brain injury", Social Care and Neurodisability, Vol. 2 No. 3, pp. 126-129.



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